Lots of visitors to Havre de Grace come just for the water views -- which you can see from the promenade, the parks, and several restaurants. The Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park has room for a picnic, or you can bring your fishing rod to the Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park. The .5-mile promenade takes pedestrians (and bikers before 10am) along the southeast edge of town. It starts (or ends) at the Concord Point Lighthouse and winds through wetlands and along the shore to Tydings Park. Along the way, stop at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum or the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum.

The town boasts six small museums and historic sites: four in town and two on the outskirts. They take only an hour or two to walk through, and admission is downright cheap. In fact, an adult can visit all six for less than $20. Hours are limited to the weekends, except the decoy and maritime museums, which are open daily.

Tour & Boat Rides -- The Skipjack Martha Lewis (tel. 410/939-4078; www.skipjackmarthalewis.org), docked at Tydings Park, offers cruises on most weekends from May to mid-October. Summer visitors can learn about sailing one of the last skipjacks on the bay -- the 1955 boat is still a working girl, spending her winters dredging for oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Oyster dredging trips are available in November or December. Call for reservations. The Mississippi riverboat Lantern Queen tel. 410/939-1468; www.lanternqueen.com) offers dinner and sunset cruises from its dock at Hutchins Park, at the foot of Congress Avenue. Call for reservations and sailing schedule.


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